A Changing Landscape
Mike Ingrum, who spent 24 years working at the Kimberly-Clark mill, stands in the same place along Grand Avenue in Everett in March of 2012 (left) and April of 2013 (right)
Photo by Mark and Annie Mulligan / The Herald (left) and Mark Mulligan / The Herald (right)
I had the privilege this month to revisit a handful of former mill workers we photographed last year for the Herald’s Last Smokestack story commemorating the closing of the Kimberly-Clark Pulp and Paper Mill in Everett.
Earlier this month, Mike Ingrum, pictured above, was gracious enough to meet me in Everett and stand in the pouring rain so that I could photograph him in the exact same spot we took a photo one year ago. I hoped to show the stark difference in the landscape one year later.
Although the perspective is slightly different (the photo on the left was taken with a large format view camera on film, the photo on the right was taken with a modern digital SLR), the change is obvious. Where smokestacks rose above the waterfront, now only rubble remains. Useful equipment has been shipped away while the rest is picked through for scrap.
Thankfully Ingrum has landed on his feet though. After months of unemployment, he found work at the Tesoro Anacortes Refinery. The differences are stark, but folks are finding their way. You can read more stories about life one year later here.